OSAMU TEZUKA

The “god of manga”, Osamu Tezuka alone created comics with epic stories and established the foundation of anime culture in Japan. His legacy continues through his influence of many noted manga artists, including Fujiko F. Fujio and Mitsuteru Yokoyama (author of Tetsujin 28-go). Tezuka produced a series of popular manga hits for over 40 years until his death in 1989. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, located where he grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo Pref., and managed by Takarazuka City, exhibits a number of precious historical materials and works of manga and anime.

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One of his masterpieces, Tetsuwan ATOM (Astro Boy), became the first domestically produced 30-minute TV anime series in Japan. Tezuka not only drew the original manga but also handled the animation production. He adopted a method called “limited animation” requiring simplified motion while allowing the story itself to bring true strength to the work. This labor-saving technique had an enormous influence on subsequent Japanese anime works. Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight), inspired by watching many performances of the all-girl Takarazuka Revue, helped establish a genre called “girl manga.” Black Jack, which drew on his knowledge as a medical doctor, helped launch the medical manga genre.

In the library at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, you can see his works translated into various languages from around the world.

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

7-65 Mukogawa
Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo Pref.

SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
Hot spring spa
温泉
Kaminari-mon
雷門
Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Soba (Japanese traditional noodles)
日本蕎麦
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Tokyo Sky Tree
東京スカイツリー
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Monja
もんじゃ
Public market
公設市場
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Haarii
ハーリー
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Indonesia
Kamen Rider The Next
Italy
Sengoku Muso
Japan
Dekirukana
Japan
VOCALOID
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
I am your Yuzen
友禅の色
Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
Café from another world
純喫茶
Inspiration of Buddha Statues
仏像
Metal tableware
金属食器
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Wrapping
ラッピング
ODEN
おでん
SUSHI
寿司
WHISKY
ウイスキー
WASABI
山葵
TABAIMO
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
Nerhol
TAKU OBATA
NEBUTA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
MENBURYU
AWA ODORI
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
KYUDO
弓道
KARATEDO
空手
JUDO
柔道